This has shown up recently for me in all phases of my life. I wish I could say that all the areas of my life have been filled with laughter. But actually to the contrary I have struggled for laughter. I've noticed it while I work. I've noticed it with my kids. I've noticed with my attempt at being a good husband. I have been struggling to laugh.
Sometimes I think that we lose laughter because we quit looking for the humor and joy that is in everyday life. Leah and I were talking recently about our kids and how we are doing with our parenting. It seems we have had high stress in our house recently. I remember saying to her, "I just want to spend more time laughing with my kids and less time redirecting their choices or behavior." Laughter is a vital need for my life.
After that conversation a few weeks ago, I made a conscience choice to look for the joy, gratitude, and humor in the moments around me. The result has been more laughter. Leah and I were full of laughter this past Saturday as we drove 9 eight-year-old boys around town for Dylan and Brody's birthday party (this is an upcoming post). It was absolutely a hoot to be with all of those boys.
Even though laughter is an inherent part of my character, sometimes I still must go and look for it and allow myself the opportunity to laugh. Again I love to laugh and to make others laugh. And really this life is full of humor, joy, and life. We should laugh much more!